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Rethinking Red Tape is a recently-launched coalition of the SBE Council, the National Association of Manufacturers, the International Franchise Association and Women Impacting Public Policy.
Many small business owners cite regulation as the biggest hurdle they face. “This is a project designed to bring the regulatory issue to life for lawmakers in Washington and provide momentum for regulatory reform. Coming at the issue with a distinct small business perspective, we are making the case for a simpler, fairer and more accountable regulatory process. And we’re also making it possible for small businesses and the people who support and depend on them to be part of constructive solutions,” says Karen Kerrigan of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. Visit the Rethinking Red Tape website to get involved.
The alternative lending industry has seen a wave of skepticism over the past week after Lending Club’s CEO was forced to step down after the discovery of irregularities in a batch of loans sold to an investor. But Lending Club, despite its position as one of the largest alternative lenders in the space, is just one thread in the blanket that covers the gap between traditional financing and risky borrowers, and alternative lending is not the only industry facing questions like these.
Read a thoughtful take on the situation above from Nav’s co-founder Caton Hanson here, and share with us your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.
Author Todd Hixon suggests that “the key challenge for small business is finding a way to buy well, or, put another way, finding way to have clout.” The two strategies he suggests for small businesses looking to buy health insurance for employees are: (1) work with a health insurance company that has a strong local presence that can offer a good deal, or (2) look toward the government as a source of healthcare.
Steve Strauss is a small business expert, author, and host of a small business podcast featuring successful entrepreneurs. Here are two great tweets that came out of Steve Strauss’s latest Tweetchat this past week.
Roam is a new startup that allows entrepreneurs to live and work wherever they please, allowing “roamies” to live and work in any location within the Roam network. Roamies can bounce around from location to location, staying for as long as they’d like — as long as they continue to pay the $500 weekly (or $1,800 monthly) fee, for which they “get their own room with queen or king size bed and private bathroom. They share the common kitchen, living space, and in some cases, pool. Utilities, co-working space, and ‘battle-tested’ Wi-Fi are included.”
Check out more about Roam here.